IntroductionChapter One: Modernity and IdentityChapter Two: The Colonial Stage: Modernity Denied (1492 - 1810)Chapter Three: Oligarchic Modernity (1810 - 1900)Chapter Four: The End of Oligarchic Modernity (1900 -1950)Chapter Five: Postwar Expansion (1950 - 1970)Chapter Six: Dictatorships and the Lost decade (1970 - 1990)Chapter Seven: The Neo Liberal Stage (1990 onwards)Chapter Eight: Key Elements of Latin American Modernity and IdentityNotesBiblioIndex
'I found it an arresting introduction to a rich and vital field of study, novel in its disciplinary perspective, lucidly expressed and delightfully free of the pious neologisms that so often infect cultural studies.' James Dunkerley, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London.
'Despite its historic New-World status, Latin America's claim to modernity has always been tenuous ... Jorge Larrain's history of Latin American modernity traces the evolution of this concept with that of identity, the collective cultural essence of Latin Americanness.' Times Higher Education Supplement
A comprehensive analysis of Latin America as a whole, drawing on historical, sociological and literary sources from all countries in the areaAn interdisciplinary approach: sociology, history, media, literature, culture are all coveredWide ranging historical coverage from 1492 to the present dayLinks modernity with identity: cultural transformations and identity construction are analysed in the context of the process of modernisation